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Leaf Man

Practice fine-motor skills while creating a piece of artwork based on the children’s book, Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert.
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Children love to create original pieces of artwork! We will have fun using our fine-motor skills to create a beautiful piece of natural artwork based upon a children’s story. Let’s go out into nature together to collect objects that will inspire us as we create!

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Materials

-copy of the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
-bag
-paper (at least 12 in. by 24 in.)
-glue
-crayons

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Sample Activities and Instructions

Read the story to the child. Allow him/her to explore the illustrations. Discuss how the illustrations are made of real objects from nature.
Take a walk outdoors with the child and collect natural objects (leaves, acorns, berries, twigs, pine needles, flowers, etc.) in a bag.
Bring the objects inside and spread them out on the table.
Sort the objects by type, discussing each object as you go.
Tell the child that he/she will be making a leaf person using the materials that you collected.
Allow the child to arrange natural materials on a large piece of paper to create a leaf person.
Once the child is happy with his/her design, help the child to glue down the materials.
Allow the project to dry for several hours.
This activity can be extended by asking the child to dictate a story about his/her leaf person.